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    The Cuban Prime Minister Dr. Fidel Castro, who has been visiting North Vietnam, has said?

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    SV PAN Castro accompanied by North Vietnam officials entering room clapping

    SV Castro walks behind banquet table still clapping.

    CV PAN along North Viet leaders to Le Duan speaking.

    CU Castro listening - ZOOM OUT TO SV of others applauding

    CU PAN from Le Duc Iho, General Giap, Pham Van Dong listening.

    SUC Castro speaking in spanish through vietnamese interpreter.

    SV Cuban delegation applauding

    SV Castro and North Vietnamese leaders coast each other while guests applaud.

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    Background: The Cuban Prime Minister Dr. Fidel Castro, who has been visiting North Vietnam, has said that Cubans in Chile will not surrender to the military junta that has seized power from President Allende.

    In a speech at an official reception in Hanoi on Wednesday (12th September), Dr. Castro said that "U.S. reactionary forces" had caused trouble in Chile and had attacked the Cuban embassy in Santiago. He said that "reactionary forces" had also bombed a Cuban ship leading sugar for chile. The Cuban diplomats and the crew of the boat, he said, would not surrender to these forces "at the sacrifice of their lives."
    The reception which has held on the evening Dr. Castro arrived in North Vietnam, was attended by several North Vietnamese leaders. They included the President and official host Ton Duc Thang; Premier Pham Dong; the Minister of Defence General Vo Nguyen Giap; Le Duan, the First Secretary of the North Vietnamese Labour Party; Le Thang Gi, Vice-Premier; and Lu Duc Tho, the member of the Politburo who negotiated the Vietnam peace agreement with Dr. Kissinger.

    Le Duan Welcomed dr. Castro in a short speech and the Cuban leader than replied. After praising the "heroic struggle" of the North Vietnamese against the U.S., Dr. Castro launched into his attack on the United States role in South America.

    SYNOPSIS: Cuban Prime Minister, Dr. Fidel Castro, arrives at an official reception in Hanoi to a warm welcome from his North Vietnamese hosts. Dr. Castro had arrived in Hanoi following a short stopover in India on his way home form the non-aligned summit in Algeria.

    The North Vietnamese Labour Party's First Secretary, Le Duan, was among the North Vietnamese leaders at the reception and he welcomed the Cuban visitors on behalf of his country's government, before giving a short welcome speech for them.

    After the North Vietnamese welcomes, it was Dr. Castro's turn to speak and he took the opportunity to attack what he called "United States reactionary forces" for their actions in Chile. Dr. Castro said they'd caused trouble in the country, had attacked the Cuban Embassy in Santiago and had also bombed a Cuban ship. He said the Cuban diplomats and the ship's crew would not surrender to these forces.

    Dr. Castro also pleased his hosts by praising them for their flight against the United States, a fight he described as "a struggle against the United States on behalf of the people of the world, " He said the North Vietnamese were heroes of the world who had crushed United States imperialism. Dr. Castro said that as far as Latin America was concerned, Cuba would strengthen its ties with countries there and crush reactionary plots.

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